Academy Award winner Lupita Nyong’o has added her voice to the chorus of Oscar critics.

Since the Kenyan actress won the Best Supporting Actress trophy for her role in 12 Years A Slave in 2014the Academy has failed to nominate any actors of color.

While some like Spike Lee and Jada Pinkett-Smith have called for a boycott of this year’s ceremony, others like David Oyelowo, and now Nyong’o, are pressing Hollywood to do more to improve opportunities for actors and filmmakers of color.

Tuesday, Nyong’o took to Instagram to express her disappointment in this year’s lack of inclusion.

While Nyong’o’s not the only actor to criticize Hollywood, she is working to change things. Back in 2014 she acquired the rights to produce a film adaptation of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s novel Americanah, and later this year she’ll star in Disney’s Queen of Katwe.

We can’t wait.


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  • Imma need her to take a BIG ASS SEAT DOWN!

    She has done nothing for the black community. She had banked off an award about slavery. And she has yet to do anything more but take pictures.

    No time for her.

    • eLLe D.

      Well now, tell us how you really feel lol! I ain’t mad though but I am curious to see what she does with her influence now…

  • Sister Lupita Nyong’o is a person who gave a magnificent, accurate speech on beauty. She is a beautiful black woman who has great consciousness. She has worked in Kenya to promote women’s issues and conservation. The Oscars has disrespected black people and our response should be to keep it moving, not support the Oscars, and express ourselves not for the sake of coveting a statue, but for the sake of outlining the gift of acting and advancing the dignity of black people. I want her to even achieve more in her life.

  • Dr.Rue

    She’s beautiful. I don’t get all the fuss about the Oscars…the lack of diversity is nothing new.

    • hon3y b33

      YES, its been like this for DECADES, i’m like ya’ll are just now realizing it? c’mon, seriously?!?!

  • D1Mind

    All these Africans come to America to get token acknowledgment from Hollywood rather than forming a bond with other Africans in the diaspora to make their own movie and entertainment powerhouse. Especially when that token acknowledgement comes at the price of playing a slave who gets kicked around and told how beautiful she is not.

    Africans in the diaspora have every right to have a movie and entertainment industry that puts themselves on a pedestal and portrays them in all their glory and beauty, which is what the white entertainment industry does for white folks. But seems black folks don’t want to do that.

    • Mary Burrell

      Africans do have their own movie industry.

    • Yes, there is Nollywood.

    • elsay

      And amazing prestigious festivals such as the Fespaco in Ouagadougou!

  • Ms. Vee

    I’m frankly over this. Black owned platform anyone?